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An action of Kevin "LA Beast" Strahle about to eat a cactus has been produced.
Telegram.com has an article about Crazy Legs Conti speaking to class titled "Marketing to You" held at Clark University, in Worcester, MA. The course teacher was Lawrence Norman, a friend of Conti's since high school.
Raina Huang competed in Jack in the Box Tiny Taco eating contest in an advertisement produced by BuzzFeed Video.
RestaurantBusinessOnline.com has an article about Nathan's Famous plans to expand its menu beyond hot dogs with items like cheesesteak and chicken sandwiches. The project hopes to reverse a declining trend for the chain, which saw the number of its locations drop from 300 to 213 from 2013 to 2019, resulting in a negative 5.5% growth rate. (via patch.com)
The Hustle has a post about the economics of all you can eat buffets claiming that the number of all you can eat restaurants have declined by 26% since 1998.
Krystal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. The chain known for its sliders held the Krystal Square Off burger eating contest from 2004 to 2009. The $50,000 awarded by the 2009 Krystal Square Off is probably the largest cash purse for an American eating contest. The company will look to continue operations after reorganizing, which it was able to do following a 1997 bankruptcy filing. (via Stephanie Wu)
"Jimmie Chestbump", author of a children's competitive eating book published last year, posted pictures of his competitive eating trading cards.
The New York Post has an article about Englishwoman Charna Rowley quitting her job to focus on a youtube channel (currently at 3,040 subscribers) in which she eats meals containing up to 5,500 calories. Boy George,former lead singer of the Culture Club, was unimpressed by the the career decision.
Mashed.com has an article titled "Here's how much competitive eaters really make".
The grocer.co.uk has an article about mukband videos with quotes from Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran. He is reportedly paid about £1,000 to eat a company's product in a video.
Joey Chestnut will hold a launch party for his new chicken wing sauces in Indianapolis on July 11.
Jungle Jim's Market in Fairfield, OH has a store display consisting solely of Joey Chestnut brand condiments.

Newsday on “The Good, The Bad, The Hungry”

Newsday has an article about the upcoming ESPN competitive eating documentary The Good, The Bad, The Hungry directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes which includes the following quotes from Joey Chestnut about the MLE contract.

“She opened my eyes,” Chestnut, who has won 11 of the past 12 contests, said of Haimes. “Honestly, I’m so competitive that sometimes I don’t understand what other people are going through . . . I realized doing interviews that, ‘Oh my God, I was pretty insensitive to [Kobayashi’s] problems.’

“I had the same problems when I got older. I wanted more freedom, and eventually they gave me the same things he was asking for. So it’s sad that we had to lose years of competing against each other . . . . When he decided to protest his contract, I saw that as a way of not competing, a reason not to compete.

“But later I thought it took some serious guts to step away from the biggest contest of the year, and something you love. He loves it. He loves it as much as I do . . . If we had communicated more we could have helped him to solve his contract issue and continued competing against each other.”

Fink Beats the Stomach’s latest podcast includes a review of the documentary.

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Joey Chestnut did an interview for CBS Local about The Good, The Bad, The Hungry. He is more sympathetic to Takeru Kobayashi's grievances that he has previously been saying (around 7:20) "There are things he was right about. The contract needed to change." He also talks about the Wing Bowl and The Amazing race and announces the ESPN air date for the documentary as July 2.
Joey Chestnut is offering a 3-pack of his condiment line including an extra autographed container for $30 on his website. All profits will go to Toys for Tots.
Sports business reporter Darren Rovell is expected to leave ESPN and join The Action Network, a startup focusing on gambling. Rovell served a sideline reporter on some of the first telecasts of the Nathan's finals (around 2004-2006) and often mentioned competitive eating on his twitter.
Joey Chestnut will appear at the Kroger in Indianapolis on Thompson Road on Thursday and offer samples of his condiment line.
Ebay.com is selling a document for $3,995 labeled as a "NY Baseball Writers Scorecard" signed by Babe Ruth. (via HomeRunDirect)
In a new ad for Crystal Pepsi, Kevn "LA Beast" Strahle used the beverage to soothe his mouth after a hot wing challenge.
Joey Chestnut will be in Carmel, IN Saturday to promote his new line of Joey Chestnut Select condiments.
Steel City Scoop has an interview with Bob Shoudt, who says eating 23.4 pounds of chowder in 6 minutes is his favorite competitive eating record. He will appear at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland on August 2.

Article claims $400-500 million in MLE prize money

Front Office Sports has an article claiming that total annual MLE prize money is $400-500 million. The linked to FoxBusiness article says the total purse is $400,000-$500,000.

Summing all the listed cash purses for 2017 competitions produces a result of $198,475:
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Joey Chestnut has started a website at https://shop.joeychestnut.com/default.asp for his line of condiments. All profits from sales until July 6 will be donated to Hidden Heroes a charity for wounded veterans. (via Mercury News)s
NYDailyNews has an article about the possibility of a partnership between Takeru Kobayashi and Feltman's of Coney Island, whose founder claimed to have invented the hot dog in 1867. Feltman's owner Michael Quinn says "We'd love to work with him in the future. I'd have to see if we could afford him."
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